Dear St. Mary’s Community, As the Feb. 23 Board of Trustee Meeting quietly approaches, I would like to take the time to talk about what will be happening this weekend. Among other conversations regarding Master Planning and Strategic Planning, the Board will be setting tuition, room, and board rates for Read More
On Feb. 8, the current Student Trustee, sophomore Taylor Schafer was selected as the Student Trustee for the 2014-2015 school year. After an arduous process of selection that involved student forums and an interview with the Board, Schafer beat the three other candidates for the position. When asked how she Read More
Ciao Tutti! St Mary’s has begun its yearly search for a new Student Trustee. I was chosen last year to replace Maurielle Stewart at the end of her term this May. In preparation for this change, we are now looking for a qualified and dependable student to replace me as Read More
My oh my! There sure has been a lot of excitement floating around campus these past few weeks. I would insert a joke about the mold to the tune of “holy moldy!” or another reference to the “love boat,” but I don’t want to be cliché. Though I am not Read More
Smiles and waves, St. Mary’s! For those who may not know, I am Maurielle Stewart, your Student Trustee for the 2011-2012 academic year. Some of you may have just read that, nodded, and then pretended like you knew exactly what I do—let me clarify.
In February of 2009, I was selected to be the 2010-2011 Student Trustee. It was the beginning of a 27-month commitment, and I had no idea what I was getting into. Over these past 27 months, I have continued to be a student, and just added on the opportunity to represent all students before the Board of Trustees. I’ve used my position to push for change, to fight for the rights of students, and to better every aspect of the school I could think of. I’ve used the position to gain access to certain areas, to sit on committees I might not otherwise have been invited to, and to get meetings on short notice with school administrators. But now I’m graduating.
A girl I know turned to me and said that this was her last semester, she couldn’t afford to come back. Two days later, a guy stopped me on the path, to ask about financial aid possibilities, saying he was working twenty-hour weeks on top of school and still not making ends meet. Five days later, another person said she was taking twenty-four credits this semester, in an effort to graduate early to avoid additional debt.